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File Created: 04-Jun-2004 by Paul Schiarizza (PSC)
Last Edit:  04-Aug-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name BEN Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093A094
Status Showing NTS Map 093A14W
Latitude 052º 56' 00'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 21' 15'' Northing 5866130
Easting 610610
Commodities Lead, Silver, Copper, Zinc, Gold Deposit Types E14 : Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb-Ag
I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Cariboo, Kootenay
Capsule Geology

The Ben showing is located in Trehouse Creek, about 160 metres east of its confluence with Cunningham Creek. It is described in Assessment Report 7106 as a thin stringer of sphalerite in shaly limestone. This showing, and several conformable lead-zinc occurrences nearby, some with associated barite, are within a succession of mainly dark grey slates and limestones assigned to the Hardscrabble Mountain and Permian Bralco successions of the Upper Proterozoic-Paleozoic Snowshoe Group (Geological Survey of Canada Memoir 421; Open File 2004-12). These lead-zinc-barite occurrences may be sedimentary exhalite deposits (Fieldwork 1997, pages 13-6 - 13-7).

A second type of mineralization located at or near the Ben showing is described as discontinuous veins and patches consisting primarily of tetrahedrite and galena (Property File - 1970 report on properties of Coast Interior Ventures Ltd. by J.A. Mitchell). This report states that a sample across 76 centimetres of one of these veins assayed 219 grams per tonne silver, 2.01 per cent copper and 3.74 per cent lead.

During 2000 through 2008, Golden Cariboo Resources Ltd. completed programs of prospecting, geological mapping, geochemical (rock, soil, moss and stream sediment) sampling, ground magnetic and self potential surveys, trenching and 60 diamond drill holes, totalling 28,710.0 metres on the area as the Golden Cariboo property. A complete summary of exploration programs can be found at the Cariboo Hudson (MINFILE 093A 091) occurrence.

In 2005, a channel sample (E37740) of quartz vein with 5 to10 per cent oxidized pyrite in a larger shear zone, returned 49.3 grams per tonne silver, 2.35 per cent lead and 1.11 per cent copper over 1.0 metre (Brown, J. (2009-01-28): Technical Report on the 2000-2008 Exploration Programs on the Golden Cariboo Project).

EMPR FIELDWORK 1997, pp. 13-6 - 13-7
EMPR OF 2004-12
EMPR PF (Mitchell, J.A. (1970): Report on Properties of Coast Interior Ventures Ltd. (N.P.L.))
GSC MAP 59-1959; 1424A; 1538G
GSC OF 574; 844
*Brown, J. (2009-01-28): Technical Report on the 2000-2008 Exploration Programs on the Golden Cariboo Project